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FSU creates its first athletics association

TALLAHASSEE — FSU's board of trustees approved a measure to create, for seven months, the Florida State University Athletics Association, the Orlando Sentinel reported Friday.

The school leaders said they created what is known as a direct-support organization to work around a new state law that limits severance pay to state employees.

FSU did not previously operate an athletics association, which will serve as a separate financial extension. FSU's athletics association will only handle the administration of salaries and benefits for its coaches, and will likely be dissolved by July 1.

As school officials were about to review employee contracts, they discovered that a state law designed to limit severance pay for presidents could also affect coaches. The law states employees cannot receive more than 20 weeks of severance. College coaches and many high-level assistants often have buyouts that would far exceed the state's severance pay limit, and FSU wanted to remain competitive in paying for quality coaches.

Miami 77, Charlotte 46: The host Hurricanes (6-1) shook off nearly two weeks of game inactivity with their most lopsided win of the season and handed the 49ers (9-1) their first loss.

Eckerd 67, Valdosta St. 62, 2 OT: The visiting Tritons (4-3) failed to hold a five-point lead in the first overtime. Eckerd freshman Annie Armstrong's two free throws with 4.7 seconds left in regulation forced the first overtime.

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